Spotted on Parliament Hill

yesterday at about 3:30pm in the window of a Liberal MP (either Alan Tonks, Mike Savage or Andy Scott – hard to tell)

Section 322(1) of the Canadian Elections Act specifies that,

No landlord or person acting on their behalf may prohibit a tenant from displaying election advertising posters on the premises to which the lease relates and no condominium corporation or any of its agents may prohibit the owner of a condominium unit from displaying election advertising posters on the premises of his or her unit.

But… this isn’t exactly a private domicile. This is the Parliament of Canada and this is your House, and during an election no less. It should also be stated that this isn’t an MP supporting their own re-election; Penny Colenette is the Liberal candidate that is fighting for the seat of NDP MP Paul Dewar in Ottawa Centre.

Of course, such blatant politicizing of a public office will come to the attention of the Speaker who has ruled on signs in windows before.

Comments

comments

  • Mark

    Hey Stephen, I need clarification about the signs. Are you or aren't you allowed to put signs like Penny is doing? Reason is because she is running for the Liberals and maybe some other party can use that against her as ammo…You know what I am saying.

  • Gabby in QC

    (I tried posting this comment earlier, but I got this message:
    504 Gateway Time-out
    nginx/0.5.30
    My apologies if it turns out to be a double post)

    As I commented previously in the other post concerning this issue, Parliament is NOT the place to hang signs about individual preferences, regardless of how legitimate they may be.

    This is a form of advertising, and the Parliament buildings should definitely NOT be used for that purpose.

    If you'll forgive me for going O/T, yet connected to the notion of freedom of expression …
    Jack Layton was on a local radio talk show taking calls – alone, no other moderator.
    After many tries to get through, I got a line and was asked what I wanted to say to him;
    My question was:
    “I appreciate that you are concerned about job losses, Mr. Layton, yet you constantly denigrate two major employers of Canadian people, saying the banks and the oil industry are gouging Canadians; I mean, even Tommy Douglas was on the Board of Directors of Husky Oil after his retirement.
    Isn't yours a contradictory position?”

    The call screener said OK, I'll pass it along and cut me off. Democracy and freedom of speech in action.

  • http://www.xanga.com/dcuk Dennis C

    Very ironic, given that it was a liberal staffer who complained and threw a tantrum when Rob Anders had a “Defend Life” sign from the KoC in his Parliament Hill window. Because of the whining and complaining, Rob was a good sport and took the sign down. Funny, but the Liberals didn't complain when Tom Wappel subsequently took the sign and put it in his Parliament Hill window.

    All this to say, Liberals don't mind being hypocritical, even when it is the relatively minor issue of politicised window-dressings.

  • Liz J

    Give Penny Collenette a heads up, she should know better, she ran before and her husband was an MP. Expect anything, legal or not from the Liberal Party, they're desperate and will try anything they think they can get away with.
    Imagine the look of the Parliament building if all the politicians put signs in the windows!

  • Ron

    I have worked many campaigns and one thing I have learned, the Liberals cheat. All we can do is work harder to ensure each and every one of them is defeated and that their party is removed from the electoral map. As long as they have access to public monies they will use if for their own devices. Don't blame a wolf for attacking sheep; it is just what they do. Don't blame a Liberal for being a hypocrit; it is just who they are.

  • http://www.abandonedstuff.com saskboy

    Well, at least those signs were PROBABLY bought with Liberal money. What excuse do the Conservatives have for sending out millions of 10%er propaganda spams, including ones that were delivered after the writ was dropped? Those were paid for with taxpayer money, and were blatant Cosnervative election advertising. More ridiculous still, is that I've only got one bit of mail from the Conservatives since the campaign started, but about 10 since last year otherwise. I guess once the Conservatives realized they had to pay for their own ads, they became a lower priority.

  • Canajun

    Actually it's probably the only place in Ottawa where a Liberal sign can be posted (or NDP, or Green) without having to worry about it being ripped out of the ground or otherwise destroyed.

  • Oil Breath

    saskboy:

    The reason you haven't got any mail since the campaign is because the Conservatives are one seat short of a full sweep in Saskatchewan. Unless you are in Regina Wascana you won't see much in the way of campaign literature. People in Saskatchewan are happy with Harper, they are happy with the economy, and they are happy with the boom in that province. Not much needs to change on the prairies!

  • Oil Breath

    saskboy:

    The reason you are not receiving any mail from the Conservatives is because they are one seat short of a sweep. Do they need to campaign that much in a province that is booming, the people are happy, and can attribute at least part of this to Harper? Unless you are in Regina Wascana – you're probably are not going to see a whole lot of campaign mail.

  • Ron

    I have worked many campaigns and one thing I have learned, the Liberals cheat. All we can do is work harder to ensure each and every one of them is defeated and that their party is removed from the electoral map. As long as they have access to public monies they will use if for their own devices. Don't blame a wolf for attacking sheep; it is just what they do. Don't blame a Liberal for being a hypocrit; it is just who they are.

  • http://www.abandonedstuff.com saskboy

    Well, at least those signs were PROBABLY bought with Liberal money. What excuse do the Conservatives have for sending out millions of 10%er propaganda spams, including ones that were delivered after the writ was dropped? Those were paid for with taxpayer money, and were blatant Cosnervative election advertising. More ridiculous still, is that I've only got one bit of mail from the Conservatives since the campaign started, but about 10 since last year otherwise. I guess once the Conservatives realized they had to pay for their own ads, they became a lower priority.

  • Canajun

    Actually it's probably the only place in Ottawa where a Liberal sign can be posted (or NDP, or Green) without having to worry about it being ripped out of the ground or otherwise destroyed.

  • Oil Breath

    saskboy:

    The reason you haven't got any mail since the campaign is because the Conservatives are one seat short of a full sweep in Saskatchewan. Unless you are in Regina Wascana you won't see much in the way of campaign literature. People in Saskatchewan are happy with Harper, they are happy with the economy, and they are happy with the boom in that province. Not much needs to change on the prairies!

  • Oil Breath

    saskboy:

    The reason you are not receiving any mail from the Conservatives is because they are one seat short of a sweep. Do they need to campaign that much in a province that is booming, the people are happy, and can attribute at least part of this to Harper? Unless you are in Regina Wascana – you're probably are not going to see a whole lot of campaign mail.